Action for Autism

location: New DelhiDelhi

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A society that views the interdependence of people of every ability as valuable and enriching and seeks to provide equal opportunities for all.
In the 1980s autism was virtually unheard of in India, diagnosis of autism was rare, misdiagnosis was common, and there was little information or services available. AFA began in 1991 as a parent support group, with a focus on spreading awareness and understanding of autism. In 1994, AFA began providing counselling services, specialised education and training for parents and professionals. March 1994 saw the start of Open Door, the first special school for children with autism in South Asia.
Merry Barua, Director Action For Autism, is an activist, special educator, and a parent to a son with autism. Merry started the autism movement in India. With little support from society or authorities of the time, she set about changing the scenario in awareness, diagnostics, education and allied services, human resources development, and policy, among others.
Full time staff :57
Part time staff:2
Contract staff :0
Volunteers: 5
Total Receipts for 2015-2016 is INR 37763713
Total Payments for 2015-2016 is INR 47535093
Activities and reach for the latest full Financial Year
No of children with autism provided special education: 25
Rewards & Recognition
In 2015, Merry Barua was awarded the INSAR Advocate Award by the International Society for Autism Research-USA For her unwavering commitment to supporting individuals with autism and their families first in India and now around the world.
Self generated ( fees/ subscriptions/ interest/ community contributions/ proceeds from sale of goods or services produced by the organisation etc.)10,814,39111,874,2138,537,116
Donation from Indian individuals through GiveIndia76,9692,600247,595
Other donations from Indian individuals5,049,6613,223,7159,858,739
Donations from foreign individuals through GiveIndia23,314015,927
Other donations from foreign individuals635,7561,056,794877,019
Grants from Indian sources ( trusts/ govt/ companies/ foundations)17,740,24534,251,49050,715,500
Grants from International sources ( under FCRA)3,423,3772,179,4227,267,606
Sale of assets000
Total Receipts37,763,71352,588,23477,519,502
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PAYMENTS (Capital)
Capital items purchased for the organisation, excluding investment ( Fixed Deposits etc.)33,021,99358,200,52247,684,583
Capital items purchased for beneficiaries000
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PAYMENTS (Revenue)
Programme related2015-20162014-20152013-2014
Salaries and benefits2,409,3262,995,4693,667,804
Staff training67,891607,250572,371
Staff travel189,998279,773164,368
Consultant's fees05,0000
Office support expenses ( rent/ telephone/ electricty etc.)256,669168,264359,145
Materials procurred ( consummables as seed/ food/ books/ provisions etc.)283,574296,269214,398
Grants/ donations given to other organisations as part of programme000
Depreciation ( to be taken from Income and Expenditure account)000
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Payments(revenue) Programme Related
Non-programme related2015-20162014-20152013-2014
Salaries and benefits6,147,6065,275,3154,917,671
Staff training0111,35769,234
Staff travel139,745330,115423,086
Office support expenses ( rent/ repairs/ telephone/ electricity etc.)517,694689,112732,530
Communication ( correspondence/ Annual Reports/ brochures/ appeals/ website etc.)000
Consultants' fees ( audit/ legal/ programme )961,682675,657472,816
Depreciation ( to be taken from Income and Expenditure account)1,301,2561,411,8971,600,085
Other non-programme expenses570,554822,986779,948
Total Payments47,535,09374,834,28465,062,292
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Payments(revenue) Non Programme Related
 Registration Details
Sr. Type of Registration
1 Society [No.S/27006]
2 PAN Number:AAATA0663K
3 12-A [No.908/95-96]
4 80G [No.DIT(E)2007-2008/A-907/3590]
5 FCRA [No.231650903]
6 35AC [No.S.O 1872 (E)]
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  Nagpal Nagpal & Associates
 Ground Floor, Ritambhara Building, Tribhuvan Complex, Ishwar Nagar West, Mathura Road
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 Staff Remuneration (INR)
Gross salary plus benefits paid to staff (in INR) p.m. Male Female Total
 less than 5,000224
 5,000 – 10,00081422
 10,000 – 25,000112031
 25,000 – 50,000033
 50,000 – 1,00,000112
 Greater than 1,00,000000
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Total annual payments consultants (in INR)Number of consultants
 less than 5,0000
 5,000 – 10,0000
 10,000 – 25,0000
 25,000 – 50,0000
 50,000 – 1,00,0000
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 Staff Remuneration (p.a.)
1 Highest Paid: INR 660000
2 Lowest Paid: INR 6000
3 Head of the Organisation: INR 0
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 Board Expenses
Sr. Detail Amount(INR)
1 International travel0
2 Domestic travel0
3 Local conveyance0
4 Entertainment expenses0
5 Other0
  Total 0
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Board Members
SI.Name (Age)Gender, Position, Gross Remuneration, Relation to other members
1 Ramamani Sundar
 Female, President, INR 0.00,
2 Madhu Chawla
 Female, Member, INR 0.00,
3 Shubhra Gupta
 Female, Member, INR 0.00,
4 Vibha Krishnamurthy
 Female, Member, INR 0.00,
5 Deepak Verma
 Male, Member, INR 0.00,
6 Indrani Basu
 Female, Member, INR 0.00,
7 Gopal Kale
 Male, Member, INR 0.00,
8 Roopendra Narayan Roy
 Male, Member, INR 0.00,
9 Ashwani Chaswal
 Male, Member, INR 0.00,
10 Beena Prithveeraj
 Female, Member, INR 0.00,
11 Merry Barua
 Female, Secretary, INR 0.00,
12 Reeta Sabharwal
 Female, Treasurer, INR 0.00,
13 Rajat Nag
 Male, Member, INR 0.00,
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Board Members Background
1 Ramamani Sundar She has an MA in Economics and worked as Social Economist in National Centre for Applied Economic Research. She is also a Freelance Journalist of a leading Tamil Magazine .Ramamani is a mother of an adult with autism.
2 Madhu Chawla Madhu runs her own business. She is associated with AFA for long and supports the cause.
3 Shubhra Gupta She is a Journalist and Freelance Columnist. She is a mother of a person with autism.
4 Vibha Krishnamurthy She is a Developmental Paediatrician at UMMEED (Child Development Centre) Mumbai. Vibha is a long time supporter of AFA.
5 Deepak Verma He is a businessman. He is a parent of a person with autism. He volunteers his time in various activities of AFA
6 Indrani Basu She heads the Parent Child Training Programme at AFA. She is mother of a23 yr old person with autism.
7 Gopal Kale He is an engineer, a parent and member of Governing body
8 Roopendra Narayan Roy He served on Deloitte Consulting’s Global Leadership team. Was the Managing Director of Pricewaterhouse Coopers in India. Helped establish the offshore software factories in Calcutta post the divestment of PwC Consulting’s business to IBM in October 2002 .Served on PwC Consulting’s Global Leadership Team. He did his Masters in Advanced Accounting and Graduate Degree in Law from the University of Calcutta. He is the member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Institute of Company Secretaries of India and Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, London.Mr Roy also completed Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School.
9 Ashwani Chaswal He is a Mechanical Engineer and works as Deputy General Manager in Raunaq International Ltd. He is a father of two children with disabilities.
10 Beena Prithveeraj She is a Special Educator(ASD) at We CAN Chennai. Beena is a parent of an autistic child.
11 Merry Barua She is an activist, special educator, and a parent to a son with autism. Merry has over two decades experience in working with individuals on the spectrum, from the functionally significantly affected to the very able, and in a range of settings. She started the autism movement in India and writes, trains professionals and parents, lobbies, sensitizes, counsels, and advocates.
12 Reeta Sabharwal She coordinated the setting up of the National Centre For Autism and Open Door School. She volunteers her time to speak on the cause at various forum. She is a mother of a 29-year-old daughter with autism.She received Global Awards for Fundraising 2012 from The Resource Alliance UK. in The Outstanding Volunteer category.
13 Rajat Nag He is concurrently a Distinguished Fellow at National Council of Applied Economic Research, Delhi and a Senior Fellow at the Emerging Markets Forum, a think tank based in Washington DC. He also serves as Chair, Look East Council of the Indian Chamber of Commerce and is a Visiting Professor at the Stephen Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management, Asian Institute of Management in Manila and the Emerging Markets Institute at the Beijing Normal University, China.
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Board Resolution
SubjectsBoard Meeting/Annual General Body Meeting DateNo. of members presentStrength of the board at the time of this meeting
Budget for the year 2016-201728/09/2015912
Programmes/ Projects for the year 2016-201721/03/20161113
Annual Report for the year 2015-201619/08/20161113
Financial Audit Report for the year 2015-201605/11/2016913
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External Reviews
1Charities Aid Foundation
2Resource Alliance India
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Staff International Travel
SINameDestination & PurposeGross ExpensesSponsored% SponsoredName of Sponsor Organisation
1 Merry Barua Dortmund, Germany
Presenting on Circles of Support at the International Week at Dortmund University
 INR 60298.00 0 100% Dr Evamarie Kunst Potter
2 Merry Barua New York, USA
Speaking on Employment: The Autism Advantage at the UN on World Autism Awareness Day
 INR 81604.00 0 100% Torkil Sonne
3 Merry Barua , Dr Nidhi Singhal Salt Lake City, USA
Research Conference International Meeting for Autism Research IMFAR 2015
 INR 222903.00 0 100% International Society for Autism Research
4 Merry Barua , Sudhansu Grover Geneva, Switzerland
Capacity building workshop on Parent Skills Training for Developmental Disorder organized by WHO
 INR 186096.00 0 100% WHO and Autism Speaks
5 Preeti Siwach, Indrani Basu Thimpu, Bhutan
Workshop for Parents and Professionals
 INR 106968.00 0 100% Ability Bhutan Society
6 Merry Barua , Indrani Basu Dhaka, Bangladesh
Workshop for Parents and Professionals
 INR 83130.00 0 100% Institute for Paediatric Neurodisorder and Autism, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University
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Pocket 7 & 8 Jasola Vihar-
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